EuroMillions is a goliath when it comes to world lotteries. The guaranteed minimum jackpot prize starts at a massive €17 million (approx. $24 million) and can get up to a mouth watering €190 million (approx. $270 million). The jackpot limit of €190 million has been won twice. Firstly in August 2012 and again in October 2014 (€190 million jackpot win remains a European record). Draws take place every Tuesday and Friday night in Europe, and it is the home lottery to 9 European countries which is why the jackpots can get as high as they do. EuroMillions is the home lottery for the UK, Switzerland, France, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.
How to Play
For EuroMillions, numbers are drawn from 2 machines. Firstly, one machine contains 50 balls numbered from 1 to 50 of which five balls are drawn. Then a second machine contains 12 ‘Lucky Stars’ numbered from 1 to 12 of which two balls are drawn. In a standard game, players choose five numbers from the first range of 1 to 50 and two Lucky Stars from the second range of 1 to 12. To win the jackpot, a player must correctly guess all five standard numbers as well as the two Lucky Stars.
For residents of the 10 European countries, winnings are tax-free up to €2,500. However any portion of a prize exceeding €2,500 is subject to a tax rate of 20%. Citizens of other countries are entitled to claim full tax refunds.
Odds of Winning
Odds of winning a prize are 1 in 21, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160.